Dividing the World: The Consequences of President Trump’s Immigration Ban (Opinion)

Image of protesters assembling at John F. Kennedy International Airport as detainees are held inside

As many men, women, and children boarded a plane en route to the United States of America last Saturday evening, President Donald Trump was signed an executive order to temporarily ban non-U.S Citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering our nation. The countries issued in this ban were Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya.

The ban not only affects the individuals coming from these countries, it affects green card holders, asylee/refugees, Temporary Protected Status and non-immigrant visa holders from the United States currently in those countries. Effective immediately, this executive order was President Trump’s way of protecting the United States from potential threats of terror from ISIS and to ensure the safety of the US citizens.

Already the ban has caused chaos throughout the world. Upon arrival, 12 individuals, both immigrants, and U.S Green Card Holders were detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport by airport authorities. Minutes later, the same issue erupted in Washington Dulles International Airport in Washington D.C. By Monday, a total of 109 people has been detained at airports across the nation. After gruesome hours of interrogations and help of on-site lawyers, a federal judge in New York City issued an order that all immigrants and refugees detained at airports and in transit cannot be deported back to their home country.

Former President Barack Obama issued his first statement since succeeded power to President Trump by expressing his concern with the current order put into place. Kevin Lewis, Former spokesman for President Obama states, “The President fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion”.

Thousands of demonstrators began circulating both inside and outside of airports in major cities like Washington, D.C, New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. Chanting, “No Ban, No Wall!” and waving signs saying, “Refugees Welcome Here!”, the protesters were clearly demonstrating their resistance toward dividing the nation. Individuals of all races, ages, and religion are out supporting the same immigrants who built this land.

Immigration protests are scheduled across the nation for this upcoming weekend starting on Saturday, February 4, 2017. For more information on travel advisories please visit here.

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